The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud chaired the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers in Jeddah on Monday afternoon. Minister of Information Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd welcomed the new members of the Council of Ministers, informing them of the great hopes attached to them by the nation and its citizens for the continuation of the march of well-being and construction in all sectors, and saying: "The interest and welfare of this country and its citizens should be considered a top priority in all fields. We should therefore all take such a priority into consideration. May the Almighty Allah enable us to succeed in our efforts to serve Islam and the Muslims."
King Fahd expressed his great confidence in the performance of the missions of each of the new ministers, and wished them every success in their respective endeavors. He also expressed his appreciation for the efforts made by the former members of the Council of Ministers and their persistent works. They have indeed made distinguished contributions to the development of their country while shouldering their national responsibilities."
King Fahd then reviewed with the Cabinet the latest developments on all levels particularly in regions of tension, and reiterated the Kingdom's sincere efforts to realize security and stability and support oppressed people worldwide. The King also informed the Cabinet of the outcome of his meeting with Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar. Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi said that King Fahd took this opportunity to commend the distinguished and brotherly bonds linking the governments and the peoples of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the State of Qatar, and to highlight the ties between them as members of the Gulf Cooperation Council. King Fahd expressed confidence that the visit of Sheikh Hamad to the Kingdom would certainly constitute a new source of well-being to reinforce the bilateral relations betweeen the two sisterly countries and to promote overall cooperation among the GCC states.
The King also briefed the Cabinet on the contents of a message he received on Saturday from Sultan Qaboos Bin Sa'id of Oman as part of the continuing consultations between the King and other GCC leaders.
Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi further reported that the Cabinet reviewed a number of domestic items on the agenda, before going on to pass a resolution adding a defamation penalty to the system for the practice of human medicine and dentistry within private medical corporations.